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I formatted an HDD with my Bitcoin Wallet, anyway to recover it?

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Dear friends, in 2012 I had 1-2 Bitcoins in my 500gb HDD, that HDD is still running in a computer I built for my mom, she does nothing but browse the web, and it has only been formatted once. Someone told me if I used Linux OS and some tools I might be able to recover it.

I have no idea on any of this, so please advise if this is possible, because at 20k per coin now almost... I am really really looking at all my options on recovering it.

If not it is fine, but yeah, worth a shot. Please advise.
 
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fedex over your hdd I will help you recover lol
 
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Very little chance of recovering that, formatting won't erase the previous data but since it was used (with an OS installed) the sectors containing the wallet could well be overwritten by now. If you're willing to spend $ to recover the BTC then you can buy some data recovery software & see what happens.
 
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Very little chance of recovering that, formatting won't erase the previous data but since it was used (with an OS installed) the sectors containing the wallet could well be overwritten by now. If you're willing to spend $ to recover the BTC then you can buy some data recovery software & see what happens.
Care to recommend a software brand I should buy? As long as not to expensive, it is worth the investment even if this all fails on me. Just well, because lol
 

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Care to recommend a software brand I should buy? As long as not to expensive, it is worth the investment even if this all fails on me. Just well, because lol
I'd recommend something you can run via USB or live CD. I won't recommend one particular brand, but there is ~ Acronis, O&O, Paragon, Easeus, Active@ just to name a few. You can see a list & reviews here ~ Backup and Recovery

You should try free options first & see if that does the work, then buying something.
 
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Downloaded Recuva, Acronis Demo, and O&O trial. Will try all 3 tomorrow. Cheers mates.
 
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Did you do a full format, or a quick format?
If it was quick format, then it's only rewriting the file system map, which means your data is still there, but you might need to look for wallet.dat amongst those recovered files manually (cause file names were erased during formatting process).
Usually Wallet.dat file starts with hex value of:
Code:
00 00 00 00 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 62 31 05 00
And if you did a full format or zero-format (usually takes a very long time), then you are out of luck.
 
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Did you do a full format, or a quick format?
If it was quick format, then it's only rewriting the file system map, which means your data is still there, but you might need to look for wallet.dat amongst those recovered files manually (cause file names were erased during formatting process).
Usually Wallet.dat file starts with hex value of:
Code:
00 00 00 00 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 62 31 05 00
And if you did a full format or zero-format (usually takes a very long time), then you are out of luck.
I never do full formats, always quick. Thank you very much for this information, I will do my best on recovering it. Still a chance I won't get it, but who knows maybe tomorrow is my lucky day. Thanks for the info man.
 
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Downloaded Recuva, Acronis Demo, and O&O trial. Will try all 3 tomorrow. Cheers mates.
Try GetDataBack - I have very high recovery rates when use it

Edit -May need to set options to - excessive scan,recover lost files,recover deleted files and untick quick scan
 
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I never do full formats, always quick. Thank you very much for this information, I will do my best on recovering it. Still a chance I won't get it, but who knows maybe tomorrow is my lucky day. Thanks for the info man.
If you don't, I'm pretty skilled at the software side of data recovery. Feel free to contact me, I'd ask very little, and frankly, w1zzard knows where I live. :laugh:
 
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If you don't, I'm pretty skilled at the software side of data recovery. Feel free to contact me, I'd ask very little, and frankly, w1zzard knows where I live. :laugh:
I can do the same, and no one knows exactly where I live (including myself on occasion) :roll:
 
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Toms Hardware is that way<<<
 
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WTF does this have to do with tomshardware?
I think maybe he posted in the wrong topic by accident, because there is no logic to that at all. Made me lulz though :D
 
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I lost my bitcoin from years gone by also. =(
 
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I lost my bitcoin from years gone by also. =(

We can snuggle with each other then and eat cupcakes under the covers. It will make us feel better for a tiny brief moment in time? :p
 
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Learn how to run testdisk utility
recovers in missing secondary partitions for raid 0 configurations with high success rates. IF you can find a list of files,ie bitcoin wallet, or similar, then infastructure of files are still recoverable
 

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It has been running since 2012? Good luck. The chances of finding it, let alone being completely intact is very unlikely.
 
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My bitcoins are part of a disk platter wind chime now. Technically I still have them, hah. Would you like to buy my wind chime for $17K? lol
 
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Nothing, even a bank account, is immune to willful destruction.
Nothing is immune, but properly designed products have mechanisms that will help the user...
It's not that easy to lose money you keep in a bank. You can't close the account if there's money on it. If you lose your login information, the bank must identify you and offer a new password.
If you forget about the account, they'll try to contact you from time to time.

Really depends on the circumstances man...
Depending on circumstances sound like a security threat. :p
Have you given it a thought?
Quick format -> data stays on a disk. What circumstances support that?

So as long as you control the disk, you can quick format as much as you want. But why do it at all? What's the point of formatting a drive you're using - other than changing partition setup (e.g. installing the OS)?
And if you lose control of the disk (selling, giving away to family, utilizing), why keep data on the disk? There is no argument that would support such action.
 
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Nothing is immune, but properly designed products have mechanisms that will help the user...
It's not that easy to lose money you keep in a bank. You can't close the account if there's money on it. If you lose your login information, the bank must identify you and offer a new password.
If you forget about the account, they'll try to contact you from time to time.
It's also pretty hard to accidentally format a hard disk. I'd say the difference in difficulty is academic at that point, and honestly, you are looking for a jab at bitcoin where there is none.

So as long as you control the disk, you can quick format as much as you want. But why do it at all? What's the point of formatting a drive you're using - other than changing partition setup (e.g. installing the OS)?
You just stated the reason with your last statement. I do that all the time on different machines I control. It is a legit circumstance.

There is no argument that would support such action.
You're assuming a lot. That people care if family see what's on the disk, that the disk is given to family or sold or whatever, that the time to erasure is worth the security of the data, a lot of assumptions man...